No easy answers when employees go missing

Dire circumstances – such as a missing airplane – call for sensitivity, support
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2014

When the news first broke, people were stunned. How could an airplane just disappear? But as the days passed, reality set in and it became apparent the passengers and pilots on Malaysia flight 370 had truly vanished.

Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor had 20 employees — 12 from Malaysia and eight from China — on that flight who worked at facilities in their respective countries.

“It’s been a really tough weekend,” said spokesperson Jacey Zuniga in an Associated Press story after the news broke. “We’re really focused on our employees and their families and we’re watching the latest developments like everybody else, waiting to hear more concrete news.”